Featured Projects built 2020

Projects Built In 2020

Despite the global pandemic, the year 2020 was yet another great year with a number of projects built and many happy clients enjoying their new additional space. While larger buildings were used as secondary dwellings for family members, smaller cabins were used as Home offices, teenage studios and workshops. We at YZY Kit Homes are so pleased we could help families to get their life at home much easier with the extra room added to their property. We also had a custom design Tennis Clubhouse designed and built in the year 2020. The local community now has a new state-of-the-art Tennis centre they all can be proud of.

It all starts with the need for extra space. People contact the builder looking for possible ideas. At the same time, the builder takes into consideration the requirements and the potential restrictions present on the land. At the conclusion of several rounds of discussion, the ideal outcome is achieved through mutual cooperation. The feedback we are getting from our clients is a testament to it. Given below are some of the highlights of the year 2020.

“YZY Kit Homes features projects 2020” is a photo book published annually showcasing our most prominent projects of the year and can be viewed from any of the authorized backyard cabins builders and suppliers. The video given below is a compilation of the best work done by us in the past year, it consists of creative and finely crafted cabins.

We humbly wish that you enjoy our video and get new your home improvement ideas for 2021. Share the video link with your close friends and family or with anyone who is looking to add a Scandinavian quality space.

Below is a digital version of the Photobook about Featured Projects of YZY Kit homes built in 2020. Scroll down to view the featured projects and the purpose-built backyard cabins and granny flats.

Investment Property Ibiza Built by Owner-Builder in 4 days

Jim Rankin, the owner of IBIZA chose this model because he liked the design and layout. The client was happy he had great assistance from the local central coast builder of YZY kit homes. “We only had minimal adjustments to make in order to make it an ideal fit for the space. The construction was extremely quick and was completed within a matter of only 4 days” – said Jim Rankin.

DIY Ibiza project built in 2020

Space consists of an open plan living with a dining area, a single bathroom and two bedrooms. There is plenty of light flowing into the space making it airier and more spacious. “You can see how it looks when it’s all finished, it’s very spacious, airy and offers everything we wanted” – said Jim Rankin.

Inside DIY Ibiza project built in 2020
Kitchen DIY Ibiza project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Investment Property Ibiza Built by Owner-Builder

Multipurpose Room Skyros 19

According to Martin, the builder, clients are extremely satisfied with the new cabin and are thrilled having the double-glazing and doors and windows.

Skyros 19 project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Multipurpose Room Built in Armidale

Luxury Retreat Iceland Built for Father-In-Law

Property owner and son-in-law Richard said that Iceland was a special kit home. He was satisfied that he was able to make alterations to the design without any issues and that it was very convenient.

Iceland project built in 2020
Inside Iceland project built in 2020

According to homeowner Ulrich, it does not look anything like an ordinary granny flat. It is more of a luxurious holiday cabin which you can live forever. “We went along with Iceland as it offered a spacious living area and a large verandah. The doors of the bedroom open into the spacious verandah” – said Ulrich.

Bedroom to verandah Iceland project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Luxury Retreat Iceland Built for Father-In-Law

Custom built Charmhaven Tennis Centre

The very modern looking and spacious clubhouse was a custom design to replace the old structure and cater better to the requirements of the members of the club and community.

Tennis clubhouse project built in 2020

Now members of the club enjoy the brand new, tailor-made clubhouse with kitchen, pro shop, office, toilets and showers for men, women, and differently-abled individuals. It also comprises a water tank, deck with disability entryways. The clubhouse is also equipped with security cameras for protection. This would revolutionize the facilities offered by the community for tennis along the Central Coast.

Inside Tennis clubhouse project built in 2020
Inside Tennis clubhouse project built in 2020

To view more photos or to get additional information on this project: Custom built Charmhaven Tennis Centre

Garden retreat built for a grown-up daughter in Canberra

Naturally beautiful Capri, a garden retreat, built for a grown-up daughter in Canberra. Featuring two bedrooms and an open large dining living area and positioned in the lush and green sizable garden, this secondary dwelling feels like a holiday retreat. Ideally created relaxing space to clear a busy mind, transforming it into one that is crystal clear and focused.

Capri project built in 2020

Soundproof music studio in Gold Coast

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“It is an incredible space with a sense of homeliness” – said Russell & Kerryanne Neal, the studio owners. “Even with the delays encountered due to the pandemic situation, the process went without any issues. The builder was straightforward to work with and completed the project with exceptional quality. They were even able to accommodate any last-minute changes which we requested.

Pool house built in Sydney

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Skyros 19 and custom project built in 2020

Homes and Cabins built in Australia

The very last page of the photobook has a collection of several different projects completed in NSW, ACT, QLD and TAS. The photos show how every cabin looks different and unique depending on the color of paint.

Projects built in Australia in 2020

If you have a project in mind, feel free to get in touch with us and start creating the unique space that is perfect for you.

We at YZY Kit Homes thank all of our clients for choosing us to realize their dreams. We are also very proud to have our teams of quality builders and grateful for their hard work to make even most complicated projects happen. The results are fantastic and we look forward with excitement to the next year 2021.

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Luxury retreat Iceland built for father-in-law, Canberra

Retiree Ulrich has sold his house in Newcastle and built a luxury retreat Iceland at the back of his daughter’s family place in Canberra.

Watch the video interview with Ulrich and his son-in-law Richard and the reasons they chose YZY Kit Homes. Also, the builder for Canberra talks about the building side of this project.

Interview with the Homeowners and the builder

“In a lot of ways, this does not feel like a granny flat, the traditional granny flat being cramped, small and contained. It really feels like a very luxurious retreat, that you can live in forever.” – said Ulrich

Kitchen in luxury retreat Iceland
Kitchen full-length of the wall

Why build a granny flat?

“The genesis of this move was when the Federal government decided to allow people to put AU$300,000 back into their superannuation fund if they downsized” – said Ulrich. Downsizing contributions into superannuation were introduced as part of the government’s package of reforms to reduce pressure on housing affordability in Australia.

Ulrich looked around for a number of options to downsize. And after thorough research, building a luxury granny flat on his son-in-law and daughter’s property seemed to be the best option. There was a sufficient space on the block to put a granny flat in a backyard that would suit his needs. And then it was a decision which builder and what sort of granny flat to build. So, together with his son-in-law Richard, Ulrich started looking for a builder who could realize their plans.

Richard came across local builder Murray Fleming in Canberra, who has introduced Richard to the Scandinavian granny flats range made by YZY Kit Homes. Quality materials used in the building, quick construction time and ability to easily alter parts of the design were some of the great aspects of YZY Kit homes.

Veranda of luxury retreat Iceland
The veranda of Iceland

“This is not just an ordinary kit home. YZY kit homes made the transition and the ability to move different parts of the design without much of a fuss. It was very easy experience.” – said Richard.

Advantages of the Iceland design

One of the granny flat designs called Iceland was the perfect fit for the block. “We chose Iceland because of the large living area and the fact that had a large veranda and the doors open directly from the bedroom onto the veranda which appeals to me for summertime benefits. – said Ulrich. “The living area is really quite well structured. I have a kitchen the entire length of one wall and still have a big enough space to have quite a few visitors. I can have people for dinner and still not feel cramped.”

Luxury retreat Iceland
Luxury retreat Iceland
Bedroom doors open to veranda luxury retreat Iceland
Bedroom doors open directly to the veranda

“Another advantage of Iceland is that the ceiling height is really quite substantial and it means that it feels very spacious, much more spacious than the actual floor plan would suggest. So, that’s another advantage and it means you can have ceiling fans in every room” – said Ulrich.

Dining living in luxury retreat Iceland
Open plan living area
Lounge and dining in luxury retreat Iceland
Lounge and dining room

One of the other advantages of Iceland is it has 2 bedrooms. I could live in one as a bedroom and I could use the other one as an office/computer room. So, I can really spread out a bit and have my gear and my computer without being tucked in a corner somewhere.

Bedroom in luxury retreat Iceland
Bedroom in luxury retreat Iceland
Office room in luxury retreat Iceland
Office room in luxury retreat Iceland
Bathroom in luxury retreat Iceland
Bathroom in luxury retreat Iceland

The energy efficiency of the Iceland

“Now as the Iceland is built, I’m living in here and it is really comfortable place to live.” – said Ulrich. “The fact that it’s designed in a very cold European country means it is ideally suited for this climate. The double insulation in the roof, very thick timber walls, the double glazing on the windows and doors all mean that when I get up in the morning it’s still quite comfortable in here even I haven’t had any heating on; when I walk outside, it’s freezing.”

Richard recently had upgraded his main house with double glazed uPVC windows in order to try to bring in some more efficiencies. According to Richard, comparing the temperatures of the main house to YZY Kit home’s Iceland, there is a remarkable difference. The Iceland seems to hold the temperature more stable and keeps the comfort level during the night without the need to use the air conditioning.

Sloping block challenges and the solutions

The site where the Iceland would ideally suit the block was excessively sloping. On the lower side of this project, it required the piers/posts to be over 2 m height and they had to be braced. There was a retaining wall through the middle of the proposed building.

This presented quite a few challenges during construction. And we overcame that by using a steel sub-floor system. The design of the sub-floor spans a larger distance and allows to minimize the number of posts. Posts required quite deep holes and quite a lot of concrete. So, the steel sub-floor foundation was the most economical option for this project and also is termite-proof.

Steel subfloor system used for the sloping site

The orientation – getting the most out of the new dwelling

Richard decided to reverse the initial floor plan of Iceland to get the most out of the new building. By reversing it, the building took the Northerly aspect on to the veranda and the North Westerly into the kitchen allowing a lot of light into the living area. With the bedrooms to the South, South East. Which made it a better option for summer keeping bedrooms in a cooler aspect of the house.

The time it takes to build the Iceland

“It took us 2 days to build the steel sub-floor and 5 days to install the kit to lockup stage with windows and doors all on and roof secured.” – said Murray Fleming, the builder.

“That short construction time reduces intrusion into their backyards. People can carry on with their normal life prior to construction.” The quick construction pleases the clients because it has less impact on their day-to-day life. That not only keeps the client happy but also the sub-trades can come in and do what they have to do in a shorter time frame.

“Despite we had a challenging building site, we were fortunate that the client had a clear idea of what they wanted. This made it into a relatively easy job at the end of the day because of that. Richard and his father-in-law have a good taste in design and selected the color palette really well. This was something that enhanced the look of the building.

I am very happy with the result. We fulfilled the client’s aims and that is most important.” – said Murray.

If you are looking to build a granny flat in Canberra and surround areas, please contact the builder of this project.

If you need an extra room built somewhere else, please find your nearest builder and contact him for a quote, site inspection or general information.

Projects built in 2019

Projects Built In 2019

The year 2019 was a prolific one, it saw the construction of new Scandinavian cabins, granny flats and houses spread across Australia. YZY Kit Homes were used in varying ways. The larger units were utilized as homes, independent living spaces specially designed for teenagers, guest houses or bed and breakfasts. The smaller studio-type cabins were utilized as art studios, home offices, music rooms, pool houses and sheds.

Space is the primary driving force for the initiation of construction. Then the client gets in contact with a builder to develop potential ideas. Simultaneously, the builder focuses on the options and restrictions associated with the site. Following a few rounds of discussion, working in unison the best possible outcome is achieved. The results speak for themselves. Here are some of the cabins which came up in 2019.

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Having a Granny Flat Could Add Value to Your Property By 30%

We have big news for homeowners across Australia as according to combined researches by Archistar & CoreLogic and their report on granny flats, building these flats on your property has the potential to increase their value by about 30% and add another 27% to the homeowners’ rental income. The research revealed that just over half a million homeowners inhabiting the eastern seaboard of Australia have sufficient space on their lands to construct a granny flat. 

Researches by Archistar & CoreLogic

Top suitable areas in Australia

The analyses by the research departments of these two lead to them identifying a total of 583,440 properties in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney that met the criterion for accommodating a ‘granny flat’ of at least 60 m². Out of these three, Sydney had the highest number of properties-233,218-that meet the criterion for the construction of a granny flat. Brisbane came next with a total of 204,598 properties, followed by the Melbourne metropolitan area comprising of 145,625 properties.

Custom Granny Flat built in 23 days, NSW Sydney 2019

Cost for homeowners

Expert researchers from CoreLogic believe that the construction of a double bedroom flat would require an investment of $200,000 whereas a single bedroom granny flat would require just $120,000. The availability of Scandinavian design granny flats available from our accredited builders has made the construction of these flats even easier. Ingenious building system allows for quick installation time, saving money on labour for homeowners across Australia.

Granny flat Cyprus, QLD
Tracey’s granny flat Cyprus built in 10 days, QLD Sunshine Coast 2017

Benefits of building granny flats

Tim Lawless, the Head of Research at CoreLogic, is positive that investment in granny flats not only has the potential to help homeowners in benefitting from boosted capital gains (up to a hefty 30 per cent) in the future. Tim believes that these flats can be a source of rental income for them as well.

Granny flats serve renters looking for affordable housing options. And it is important to mention that the demand for reasonable housing is increasing. A granny flat usually tends to be rented out for lesser than the standard rental charges. This way backyard grannys makes it a very affordable housing option.

The properties identified earlier are mostly located in areas that are traditionally expensive & densely populated as well. These characteristics will make a granny flat in any of the popular suburban areas very economical for potential renters and increase demand for granny flats.

Amidst these capital and rental gains, the family benefits of a granny flat cannot be neglected. Such a unit can be used to accommodate overseas family members residing in your house. Adult children will enjoy a temporary place to stay.

Guest house in ACT: ensuite bedroom
Carly And Ben’s Garden Cottage For Guests, ACT Conder 2019

Moreover, it is believed quite rightly that capitalization of this opportunity will reap benefits for the economy and society as well by creating employment opportunities for the construction workforce and others involved in the construction process. A prediction suggests a massive boost of $87.5bn in the construction industry.

Bedroom in John's House in The Snowy Mountains
John’s House, NSW The Snowy Mountains 2019

What should be kept in mind before building a granny flat

If you wish to have a granny flat on your property in Australia, make it a point to get into the legalities before. Laws related to secondary residencies vary depending on the state you’re in. Make sure that you are aware of each and every detail related to the construction of a granny flat in your area-size requirements, what you can add and what you cannot, rental laws governing granny flats, etcetera. Don’t hesitate in taking help from a local construction and planning expert!

Please feel free to consult with YZY Kit Homes accredited builder, either at their office or a display village or book your site inspection. It is usually cost and obligation free.

Guest house in ACT: ensuite bedroom

Carly and Ben’s Garden Cottage for Guests

Canberra Outdoor Structures recently built a garden cottage for Carly and Ben Drysdale’s family in Conder. Initially, the cabin was meant to be built as a sleepout for guests, but in the process young family found out they were expecting a second daughter and would have run out of rooms inside their house!

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Backyard Cabins and Granny Fats built in 2018

Backyard Cabins And Granny Flats Built In 2018

Looking back at 2018, it’s been yet another amazing year with many Scandinavian cabins, granny flats and even homes built across Australia. Use of YZY Kit Homes was very diverse. While larger 1 and 2 bedroom buildings were used as a main house, accommodation for guests or B&B, smaller studio-type cabins were mainly used as a teenage studio, a home office, parents retreat, a pool house and a craft room.

The need for more space starts the process. Clients consult with the builder exchanging ideas, builder looks at the site potential and restrictions. After a few discussions, working together teams find the most suitable solution. And the results are amazing, take a look at some of the cabins built in 2018.

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Craft room front, left side

Classic style Craft room

This Classic style Craft room was recently built by our team Canberra Outdoor Structures in ACT. Cabin was custom designed to suit the client’s needs for a functional craft room. The building has a spacious one room in total size of 25m² plus a room for storage.

Craft room front, left side

In the 6.6 m wide back wall there are 3 Built-in wardrobes installed to organize neatly all craft materials. Lots of windows and French doors bring the natural light in to the room.

Craft room wardrobes

 

We added Colorbond steel on rear wall for built-in wardrobes not compromising on the room space. The cabin was professionally painted inside and out, still a few finishes to completion. Owners are very happy with their new building. I bet lots of beautiful art pieces will be made in this new addition. – said Murray Fleming, the builder at Canberra Outdoor Structures.

This cabin features double glazing on all windows and doors. Laminated timber construction, tilt and turn windows – European standards all over. It’s made for a draft-free and comfortable work space. “It would be hard to find many houses of such quality as this craft room in Canberra.” – said Murray with a smile.

If you cannot find a floor plan or a building design from our standard range of timber cabins that suits  your needs, contact your nearest builder to discuss.

All the best in choosing a new addition to your lifestyle!

Craft room floor plan

front of craft room

front of craft room

inside craft room

inside craft room

craft room, front left side

craft room, front left side

craft room, back

craft room, back

Backyard cabins and granny flats built in 2017

Backyard Cabins And Granny Flats Built In 2017

Looking back at 2017 – what an amazing year it was for many of us with such an incredible projects completed with Scandinavian backyard cabins and granny flats. Big big thanks go to our dear clients, our fantastic teams – cabin builders, people at the factory, designers, engineers, transport and customs agents and all others involved in the process. Backyard cabins, studios and granny flats built in Australia are a result of hard work and a great input from everyone, so THANK YOU!

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